If you’ve got your “something borrowed” and “something blue” but are still struggling with your venue – read on! A great day starts with the location – so you need to get it right.
Fortunately, we’re here to help! Here we take a look at ten wedding venues in Alaska. This beautiful state offers a whole range of options to make your day special. So relax and take a look at where you could celebrate the first day of married life.
1. Alaska Heavenly Lodge ($$)
Style: Outdoor weddings
Overview: If you’re looking for a stunning location where your closest family can stay overnight, consider Heavenly Lodge.
Book this for your wedding and you’ll have the whole property to yourself. That includes 25 bedrooms for family and friends. Even better, the happy couple will get their own private suite, complete with hot tub and sauna.
Your wedding ceremony will take place outdoors in the manicured grounds, backed by snow-capped mountains. Sit-down meals are provided in a marquee or barn, and there’s plenty of flexibility when it comes to catering. Either make use of the in-house kitchen, or bring in your own caterers.
Tables, chairs and linens are included in the rental costs, so you won’t find your bill drifting ever upwards. And you’ll have the freedom to decorate as you wish.
Extra touches to keep your guests entertained include an outdoor fire pit, horseshoe pit, pool table and barbecue grills.
Go for: Exclusive use of the property with the freedom to give your wedding your own personal touch.
Address: 34950 Blakley Road, PO Box 634, Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572
Guest capacity: 100
2. Alaska Sunset View Resort ($-$$$)
Style: Lakeside resort
Overview: This beautiful lakeside resort offers a range of wedding packages for all budgets.
Choose to hire the lawn only for leisurely all-day use. It includes a gazebo and pavilion, as well as tables and chairs for up to 150 guests. (You can hire more for an extra charge).
At the other end of the price spectrum is the “platinum package”. This includes exclusive use of the resort and two nights’ accommodation for up to 38 overnight guests. Your party will have full use of the house and grounds, making this a more intimate set-up than a hotel.
You will still need to pay for your catering separately, however, making this a pricey option.
There are two banqueting halls, offering something for larger and smaller receptions. Outside, an acre of grounds includes a landscaped lawn, patio, waterfall and pond, offering lots of photogenic locations. And against it all is the stunning backdrop of the lake and Denali, North America’s highest mountain.
Go for: Bring your guests together for an extended party, making the most of the spectacular views.
Address: 5322 S Big Lake Road, Wasilla, AK 99654
Guest capacity: 150-250
3. Hope Alaska’s Bear Creek Lodge ($$)
Style: Small-town rustic charm
Overview: If you thought it wasn’t possible to have an outdoor winter wedding in Alaska, think again! Bear Creek Lodge is experienced in doing just that – and the views you’ll get are hard to beat.
The lodge sits alongside Bear Creek, and couples can exchange their vows on the banks. In winter, the river freezes, so you can say “I do” on the ice. And if the heavens open – never fear. Over a hundred white umbrellas are on hand to be borrowed by guests.
There are eight log cabins to accommodate close friends and family. Each has a log burner and is decorated in rustic style. Cabin rentals are included in the cost of the wedding package.
Your catering and bar will be handled by the venue’s restaurant, The Dirty Skillet. Furniture, tents and accessories, an altar and arch are all available, but you’ll need to rent them separately.
The venue can recommend local DJs, photographers, florists and officiants. In every case, you’ll be free to choose something that suits you best.
Go for: Pretend you’re in Narnia with a winter wedding on a frozen creek.
Address: 19702 Hope Hwy, Hope, AK 99605
Guest capacity: Around 100
4. Second Star Mansion ($$$)
Style: Oceanfront glamour
Overview: Overlooking the ocean and backed by towering mountains, Alaska Luxury Adventure’s Second Star Mansion has a real wow factor.
The venue is spread over 17,000 square feet and can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. When your reservation is confirmed, you’ll be assigned a dedicated event planner to help with every detail of the arrangements.
The wedding party can ensconce themselves in their own private wing of the mansion, complete with spa facilities. Relax and enjoy the indoor pool, sauna, steam and massage rooms and Turkish Bath. Newlyweds will receive a free gift and customized spa experience.
There’s a spacious games room, and an indoor cinema. And favored guests can have their pick of eight luxurious bedrooms, each with their own theme.
Extend your stay beyond the wedding to make the most of the facilities. A range of excursions are available too, including hiking and deep sea fishing.
Go for: A luxurious mansion offering every comfort.
Address: 5260 Kachemak Drive, Homer, AK 99603
Guest capacity: 200
5. The Inn at Tern Lake ($$)
Style: Lakeside elegance
Overview: Overlooking the beautiful Tern Lake on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, this is a location surrounded by stunning scenery. Only a short drive from Anchorage, you’ll feel like you’re miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Wedding ceremonies take place outdoors where you can feel at one with nature. Then dine inside in the Great Room, where huge windows make the most of the spectacular views.
Up to 90 guests can be accommodated for a sit-down meal. The room can be laid out in a number of different configurations to suit your preferences. Catering is available, and every element of the itinerary can be personalized to your own requirements.
The inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation. Extend your stay beyond the wedding to take advantage of the delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms. Every bedroom has a queen-size bed and pull-out couch, as well as its own fireplace and balcony.
Go for: Stunning lakeside views within easy reach of the city.
Address: Mile 36 Seward Highway Moose Pass, AK, 99631
Guest capacity: 80
6. Alyeska Resort ($$)
Style: Glamorous hotel
Overview: The Alyeska resort offers a range of spaces to hire, including the outdoor Pond Courtyard. Each can accommodate up to 200 guests. There’s also access to scenic open space.
Housed at an upmarket hotel, every one of those guests will be able to be accommodated on site. There are 304 bedrooms, as well as a range of dining options, and something to keep everyone entertained for longer stays. Visit the on-site shops or spa, or head into the wilderness on outdoor excursions.
For the bride and groom, the Royal Suite is housed at the top of the building. It offers panoramic 180 degree views across the mountains.
Whether you’re catering for 20 people or 200, you’ll be able to customize your menu with Alaskan favorites and chef specialties.
And for those extending their stay beyond the wedding, there’s the option of travelling by complimentary scenic tram to the hotel’s Seven Glaciers restaurant. Here, you can enjoy fine dining at 2,300 feet, with views to match.
Go for: All the facilities of a first-class hotel.
Address: PO Box 249, Girdwood, AK 99587
Guest capacity: 200
7. Alaska Botanical Garden ($)
Style: Unique and quirky
Overview: If you’re looking for something that will stand out from the crowd, consider Alaska’s Botanical Garden. A nonprofit living museum, it’s a place that needs to be treated with care. But if you can handle the restrictions, you’ll get a fantastic wedding venue at a bargain price.
There’s only one indoor location, and it’s the greenhouse. That means it’s only available to hire outside the growing season of February to June. And because this is bear country, you’ll only be permitted to have food inside.
A large tent, generator and speaker system are available for hire. And there are some sweet touches available to make the most of your unique venue. Why not offer a nursery plant to each of your guests as a wedding favor?
The sensitive environment means you won’t be able to have balloons or confetti. But you will be surrounded by beautiful plants. That feels like a good trade-off to us.
Go for: A unique venue perfect for plant lovers – and you’ll be supporting a good cause too.
Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Guest capacity: 50
8. Seward Windsong Lodge ($)
Style: Rustic riverside lodge
Overview: Seward Windsong Lodge offers a choice of three reception venues with full catering and a riverside location. What’s not to love?
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Kenai Fjords National Park, the scenery surrounding the lodge is breathtaking. Take to the viewing deck to drink in the panorama of snow-capped mountains and wide open spaces.
For those planning an outdoor ceremony, there’s a beautiful riverside spot to exchange your vows. And if you prefer to be indoors, two banqueting halls can cater to larger or more intimate receptions. You will, though, need to use the on-site catering team.
For those with family and friends travelling into state, there’s plenty of accommodation. The lodge offers 216 bedrooms, including a range of suites. A number of these have decks from which to view the stunning surroundings.
Go for: The nearest fully-serviced lodge to the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Address: 31772 Herman Leirer Rd, Seward, AK 99664
Guest capacity: 10 to 110
9. Creekside Lodge ($-$$)
Style: Woodland cabin
Overview: Situated in woodland near Meadow Creek in Houston, the Creekside Lodge has a rustic aesthetic. The secluded location offers ten acres of Alaskan wilderness, perfect for a romantic and private wedding.
The large banqueting room will accommodate up to 80 guests. It’s simply decorated, providing a fresh canvas for your chosen decorating scheme.
If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony and reception, the grounds are suitable for up to 250 people. A deck overlooks the river and woodland, and there’s a fire pit to keep guests warm when the sun goes down. The ceremony will take place on the lawn. You’ll be able to have fireworks outside too.
There are six bedrooms in the lodge to accommodate your closest friends and family. Many have traditional Alaskan log beds and jacuzzi and soaker bathtubs.
There are a range of packages available at different price points. And it’s possible to book the whole property at very reasonable cost.
Go for: Simple and secluded venue in a woodland location.
Address: 977 Kenlar Rd., Houston, AK 99694
Guest capacity: 80 indoors, 250 outdoors
10. Alaska Aviation Museum ($)
Style: Historic and quirky
Overview: For an occasion your friends and family will never forget, how about getting married in a jet?!
That’s just one of the options available at Alaska’s Aviation Museum. The 737 will hold up to 40 guests for a unique and unforgettable ceremony.
Other options include the large Odom Hangar, with space for 200 sitting and 300 standing guests, and the main hangar. This is located in the heart of the museum and is a little smaller, accommodating 120 sitting or 150 standing guests.
But whichever space you choose, you’ll be surrounded by historic aircraft. If you’re looking for something different, it’s a fabulous choice.
Simple tables and chairs are available to hire. You’ll want to cover them up with nice linen to make sure your event says “wedding” rather than “corporate meeting”. An AV system and portable bars can be borrowed too.
There are no restrictions here with your choice of caterer. And this amazing space offers fantastic value for money.
Go for: Celebrate your wedding surrounded by historic aircraft
Address: 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502
Guest capacity: 40 to 300
Ready to choose the venue for your special day?
That brings us to the end of our round-up of ten wedding venues in Alaska. Whether your idea of the perfect location is a luxurious mansion or a back-to-nature lodge, this state has it all. And there are options for every budget too.
Whatever option you choose, a wedding in Alaska means something special for your guests. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating together.